24 April 2013

Thematic Focus: Assistance and Protection in Urban Areas

A study on The Implementation of UNHCR's Policy on Refugee Protection and Solutions in Urban Areas has just been released.  Its findings are "based on a detailed survey that was sent to the agency’s 24 programs with urban refugee programs that numbered more than 5,000 according to UNHCR’s 2011 statistics. The survey sought to gauge the rate of implementation for each of the 24 UNHCR operations against the twelve protection strategies set forth in the policy. By doing this we hoped to provide a baseline for future implementation measurements, and, to identify good practices and specific challenges concerning urban refugees."

Other recent publications include:

Accessing Services in the City: The Significance of Urban Refugee-Host Relations in Cameroon, Indonesia and Pakistan (Church World Service, Feb. 2013) [text]

Adapting to Urban Displacement: The Use of Cash Transfers in Urban Areas, Thesis (Sciences Po Grenoble, Sept. 2012) [text]

Understanding the Nature and Scale of Urban Risk in Low- and Middle-income Countries and its Implications for Humanitarian Preparedness, Planning and Response (IIED, March 2013) [text]

Events & opportunities:

Engaging Violent Cities: Operational Challenges for Humanitarian Action in Urban Areas, Online, 25 April 2013 [info]
- Note: If you miss this webcast, you will be able to access a recording of the event after the fact.

FY 2013 Funding Opportunity Announcement for NGO Programs Benefiting Urban Refugees in Egypt [info]
- Proposal submission deadline is 1 May 2013.

Course: Addressing Global Trends: Psychosocial and Mental Health Interventions for Refugees Living the Urban Context, Cairo, 16-20 June 2013 [info]
- Apply for a scholarship by 19 May 2013, otherwise by 22 May 2013.

Urban Humanitarian Emergencies Course, Cambridge, MA, 26-28 July 2013 [info]
- Register by 1 June 2013 for discounted rate.

Past events:

Improving Humanitarian Action in Urban Areas: An Action-oriented Roundtable, London, 5 Dec. 2012 [text]

Learning from the City: Humanitarian Action in Urban Areas, London, 19 April 2013 [info]
- Follow some of the discussion that took place on #UrbanLearning.

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